Narratives of Syrian Refugees in Germany

Please join us for our next event on October 20th 1.30pm-2.30pm, (160 Enarson) on which we will have the opportunity to talk to Dr. Isis Nusair (Denison University) about Syrian Refugees in Germany. How Syrian immigrants navigate the dominant narratives about their community?  She will take a close look at gendered narratives, and how women especially respond to these.

This roundtable discussion is sponsored by the Center for Middle East Studies at Ohio State. Please RSVP for the event by October, 18th by emailing

Migration and Health

We invite you to join us Friday Oct 6 1.30-3pm in the Research Commons Room 350A for our next reading discussion on Migration and Health. In this session we will be discussing and critiquing one of our group members, Kelly Yotebieng, recently published agenda paper on urban migration and health – with a focus on asylum seekers and refugees):

 “Health, well-being, and urban refugees and asylum seekers: an agenda paper.”

Health and well-being have been historically uncommon areas of focus in studies of forced migration within the social sciences, where the focus has more often been focused broadly on identity, liminality, and social suffering. Urban refugees have also been largely excluded from the narrative. Yet, urban refugees represent the majority of the worlds refugees, which means we are effectively excluding the majority of the refugee experience from our research. Health is often a central marker of inequality and marginalization. Understanding the entanglement of forced migration to urban areas and health bears enormous potential for policy and practice. The papers we are discussing during this meeting will outline what we know, and set an agenda for the study of urban refugee health. Many of the areas we cover will also bear resonance for others studying different types of migration.

If you are interested in this topic, you might read:

  • Castaneda, H., Holmes, S. M., Madrigal, D. S., Young, M. D., Beyeler, N., & Quesada, J. (2015). Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health. Annual Review of Public Health36, 375–92.
  • Venkataramani, A.S., Shah, S.J., O’Brien, R.; Kawachi, I., & Tsai, A.C. (2017). Health consequences of the US Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration programme: a quasi-experimental study. Lancet Public Health, 2: e175-181.

This event is free and open to all. Refreshments and cookies will be provided. If you plan to join us, please RSVP by Oct 4 by emailing

Symposium 2017

We invite you to join us for the first Migration Studies Symposium at The Ohio State University on April 7th (11.45am-4.30pm), organized by The Migration Studies Working Group. The symposium will be held at 18th Ave Library, Room 070, 175 W 18th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.

Gender and Sexuality in Migration Studies

Dear Migration Studies Working Group, colleagues and fellow graduate students, we invite you to join us for our third reading/discussion on Gender and Sexuality in Migration Studies. We’ve chosen a few chapters from the books Against Citizenship: The Violence of the Normative and Queer Migration: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings for this discussion. We’ve chosen these texts with the hope that it appeals to people using a range of methods and working in different regions. We’ll use these texts to guide our discussion, but please don’t let a lack of reading time keep you from joining our conversation.

We will gather from 3:00-4:30 pm on Friday, 3/3, in the 18th Ave Library, Room 350A


The Migration Studies Working Group invites you to the discussion meeting on Border(lands), on February 3rd, 2017, 3.00-4.30pm, and we’d love for you to join.

We’ve chosen an article by Balibar: At the Border of Citizenship: A Democracy in Translation and select a chapter from Michel Agier, Borderlands: Toward an Anthropology of the Cosmopolitan Condition for our second discussion this semester. We’ve chosen this text with the hope that it appeals to people thinking about issues around borders and citizenship in different regions.

Prof. Shane of Moritz College of Law will be joining us briefly at the beginning of our discussion to talk about the Scholars Strategy Network, an initiative he is involved with which focuses on making academic work more accessible and effective, in terms of reaching broader audiences and impacting policy.

Ethics of Research

Our first reading discussion is coming up on 11/28, and we’d love for you to join. We’ve chosen a few chapters on ethics in migration studies from the book Values and Vulnerabilities: the Ethics of Research with Refugees and Asylum Seekers for this first discussion. We’ve chosen this text with the hope that it appeals to people using a range of methods and working in different regions. 

We will gather from 3:30-5:00 on Monday, 11/28, in the 18th Street Library, Room 350A.


Hello world!

The Migration Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary graduate student-led organization founded in 2016. We aim to create an inspiring and productive environment for migration studies scholarship at The Ohio State University, crossing the academic borders of departments and disciplines. All faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students enrolled at The Ohio State University may become members.

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